The Defenders - RCAF Defence of Canada's West Coast and Alaska 1939-1945
The Defenders - RCAF Defence of Canada's West Coast and Alaska 1939-1945 is new instalment Chris Weicht's extensive Air Pilot Navigator series about narratives on aviation in western Canada. The CAHS is able to offer this book via our e-shop at a flat rate of $45 + $20 shipping in Canada.
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When Japan attacked Pearl Harbor, Hawaii on December 7, 1941 Canada had been at war with Germany since September 10, 1939 and the Royal Canadian Air Force had fought with distinction in the Battle of Britain.
American President Franklin Delano. Roosevelt named Canada “The Aerodrome of Democracy” after it initiated the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan in 1939 and began training over 130,000-Allied aircrew for service in World War II.
Then, on June 2, 1942 when Japan launched an attack on the US Navy facilities at Dutch Harbour, Alaska, the United States officially appealed for Canada’s help in the defence of the besieged Alaska and its Aleutian Islands, that were under attack and partially occupied by Japanese Air and Naval Forces.
Canada immediately sent 15 Squadrons of battle hardened R.C.A.F. Fighter and Bomber Reconnaissance aircraft, which fought valiantly with the Japanese Mitsubishi Zero and Rufe and Aichi Jake Seaplane fighters, as well as with the atrocious Aleutian weather which together cost many lives.
The Canadian RCAF and Army presence in this Theatre of Operations together with the United States Army Air Force and Naval forces enabled the eviction of the Japanese forces by August 1943.
“The DEFENDERS” tells the story of each RCAF Station or Detachment both in Alaska and on the western most British Columbia Coast
“The DEFENDERS” COMMEMORATES THE CENTENNIAL OF THE RCAF 1924-2024